Rowan Atkinson, best known for portraying Mr Bean and Edmund Blackadder in two classic British comedies, is having a kid, aged 62.
The comedian and actor already has two children from his previous marriage with Sunetra Sastry, son Ben, 23, and daughter Lily, 21, but this is his first child with Louise Ford, 33.
The couple are expecting the birth in the next few weeks, the Mirror reports
Atkinson and Ford have been together since 2014, a year after his 25-year marriage ended after a 65-second court hearing. Ford, also in the entertainment business, starred in the Channel 4 show The Windsors, a show parodying the Royal Family, portraying Kate Middleton.
“Rowan and Louise are over the moon and can’t wait for their new arrival. It’s a very happy time for them both,” a source told the Mirror.
They met while performing in the West End comedy Quartermaine’s Terms, during which they hit it off.
The 62-year-old is well known all over Britain for his writing, acting, comedy and beloved characters. He made a name for himself with the brilliant Blackadder, which you can probably find on TV channels like Dave or UKTV Gold nowadays. Essential viewing for anyone who hasn’t seen it.
Heading into the 90s he debuted another hapless character, Mr Bean. The funny yet sometimes frustrating character always wore the same suit, had a teddy as a best friend, drove a Mini and always got himself into a spot of bother. Nevertheless, it was a hit and even spawned a cartoon series later down the line.
Years later another creation of his, Johnny English, was brought to the big screen. Another calamitous man, the spy was based on Richard Lathum, an error-prone agent that Atkinson portrayed in a series of Barclaycard adverts.
In between his exploits he’s been a much-loved Brit, not shying away from his involvement in politics, nor his love for cars.
Recently, after Jeremy Clarkson was hospital-bound with pneumonia, unsure of whether he could continue to presenter The Grand Tour fans voiced their desire to have the 62-year-old replace Clarkson.
Back when Clarkson, Hammond and May were on Top Gear, they tried for years to get the comic in the reasonably priced car, but their schedules didn’t align for a long time.
However, when he eventually did come on he topped the leader board for celebrity guests and was very funny while doing it. Clarkson quipped while interviewing him that ‘it’s nice to talk to someone like you about cars’, to which Atkinson admitted it’s the only thing he can talk about.
Atkinson also likes to race in his spare time, which bodes well, and he is very critical of himself. It’s not like we needed the proof but he still picked holes in his lap when he became the fastest guest on Top Gear.
When Chris Evans announced he’d left Top Gear after just one car crash of a series, there was a discussion on whether Atkinson should be drafted in to accompany Matt LeBlanc.